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With winter comes cold temps outside and hot air inside. These drastic changes, plus the icy wind and snow can wreak havoc on our skin and hair. So, it’s always a good idea to switch up your beauty routine with the seasons, especially winter. These winter beauty tips will help you get through the harsh winter weather without those annoying problems like chapped lips and flaky foundation.
I’ll be honest, I love winter. But, I don’t love the things it does to my skin (especially my hands!). These winter beauty tips will help you change up your beauty routine and survive the winter weather this year.
Beauty Tips For Winter
Once it starts to turn cold here, I immediately start using these winter beauty tips. That way, I will already be ahead of the game. Instead of waiting until my skin is dried out and irritated, I can prevent it from drying out and getting irritated in the first place.
Winter Skincare Tips
If you’re always after that glow, winter makes it tough. You might be wondering how can I make my face glow in the winter? Especially when your skin is looking dull, dry and flaky. The key to glowing skin in the winter, is making sure your skincare routine is strong enough to withstand the harsh weather.
Up Your Winter Skin Care Routine….
If you’ve ever noticed that your skin texture is rough and your skin always looks dull during the winter, chances are the weather has impacted your moisture barrier, leaving your skin susceptible to the elements, which dries your skin out further.
To combat this, you need to focus your winter skin care on lots of moisture.
It’s also a good idea to sleep with a humidifier on. When the heat is on, the air tends to be dry inside, as well as outside, so adding moisture back into the air will help hydrate your skin. Your skin will bel able to absorb that moisture which can help keep it hydrated and healthy. A humidifier is the best winter beauty tip I can give! It will help you skin, hair, makeup and help you be healthier this winter.
To Combat Dry Skin…..
Make sure you’re using a gentle, sulfate free cleanser and use a richer moisturizer full of ingredients like ceramides, fatty acids and antioxidants. If you have very dry skin, look for moisturizers with oils or butters as well.
Pro Winter Beauty Tip: apply your moisturizer right after you get out of the shower or wash your face, while your skin is still wet to maximize hydration.
To Reduce Redness….
The harsh temperatures and wind can seriously start to irritate your face. When this happens, your skin tends to become red. And not the good rosy-flush-from-being-outside red. The bad, angry, irritated red.
The best tip for reducing redness in the winter is to stick with soothing ingredients like green tea, aloe, oats and zinc oxide.
Sticking with products suited for sensitive skin and redness are your best best at calming irritation and getting rid of redness.
to get rid of chapped lips…
Chapped lips are probably the worst thing about winter. To make matters worse, a lot of the chapsticks on the market have irritating ingredients that actually make chapped lips worse!
When it comes to healing chapped lips, avoid any products that contain menthol, camphor, phenol or any sort of alcohol. You should also avoid fragrance, as well.
Ingredients you should be using include butters, oils, petroleum and lanolin. My personal favorite is good ol’ Aquaphor because it has lanolin in it, which really changed the game for my lips!
To heal dry, cracked hands…
My hands seems to be constantly dry, flaky and irritated in the winter. Especially since I work in healthcare, I wash my hands much more often! At home I stick with very gentle and moisturizing hand soaps and apply a nice lotion after washing my hands. At night I use a richer cream full of healing ingredients.
To brighten up dull skin….
Now, this is one of my favorite winter beauty tips because I am all about getting that healthy, glowing skin, especially in the winter! If you find that during the winter, your skin always seems dull, then these tips are for you.
Keeping your skin hydrated (from inside and outside) will be most helpful when trying to brighten up your skin tone.
A vitamin c serum will also help boost brightness and give you glowy skin fast. Vitamin C is perfect for fading dark spots that you may have gotten from being out in the sun over the summer, plus it will instantly brighten up your skin and make it glow!
You can also try a chemical exfoliant, like lactic acid that’s great for the drier months because it’s gentle, but effective. Lactic acid will help shed dead skin cells that are sitting on top of your skin and causing it to look dull and feel rough in texture.
Winter Makeup Tips
The best thing you can do to keep your makeup looking great in the winter is making sure you have a good skincare routine in place. However, there are a few other things you can do and products you can use to keep your makeup from looking flaky during the winter.
To prevent flaky foundation….
Nothing is worse than trying to cover up a pimple or just even out your skin tone with some foundation and have it look like a cakey and flaky mess! You know what they say, your makeup will only look as good as your skin and in this case, it’s no different.
The best thing you can do to prevent flaky foundation is to moisturize your skin like crazy and follow the above recommendations.
However, it can be helpful to switch to a more hydrating foundation like a tinted moisturizer or bb cream during the winter months. Stay away from anything mattifying, matte or oil controlling because that will definitely end up looking cakey and actually make the problem worse!
It can also be helpful to stop using any kind of powder products, including blush, bronzer and highlighter. Switch to liquid and cream formulas. Not only are they hydrating themselves, but they can also mask flaky skin.
Additionally, you can add some extra hydration and keep flaky skin at bay with a hydrating or moisturizing primer under your makeup.
To Prevent runny eye makeup…
Sometimes the cold air can make your eyes water, which can make your mascara and eyeliner run and ruin your makeup. You can’t prevent your eyes from watering, but you can switch to waterproof and long wearing makeup formulas to help them hold up when your eyes water.
Waterproof formulas will help keep your products in place so they don’t run – no matter how much your eyes water.
Winter Haircare Tips
One thing I hate about winter is the static! My clothes are static-y, and even my hair is static-y. Not only that, but my hair is always so dry in the winter. These winter beauty tips for hair are perfect for anyone dealing with hair static and dry strands.
To prevent hair static….
The key to preventing your hair from getting static-y is making sure it’s well moisturized. Use moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, masks and leave in products to help hydrate your hair. In the winter, I tend to use oils a lot on my hair (wet and dry) to help keep the static away.
The oils really help moisturize my hair and the static always calms down instantly after smoothing some argan oil through my hair. Plus, it makes my hair super shiny!
Dryer sheets also work, but I personally don’t like my hair to smell like laundry. If you’re the same, you may like anti-frizz sheets. Essentially a dryer sheet for your hair. They work great and you don’t have to walk around smelling like a laundromat.
to get rid of dry hair….
As mentioned above, switching to more moisturizing formulas will help nourish your hair when it’s feeling dry. I like to do really thick hair masks full of oils and butters when my hair is feeling dry. I personally do a hair mask once a week, maybe more if needed.
TO GET rid of dry, flaky and itchy scalp….
Nothing is worse than having dandruff, especially if you have dark hair like me. If you are prone to dandruff, you may notice that it gets worse during the winter.
Again, using moisturizing shampoos (that are sulfate free) will help moisturize your scalp and keep it from drying out so much. If that doesn’t help, look at scalp treatments, such as a scalp scrub to get off all the dead skin and buildup. Followed by a moisturizing scalp treatment to hydrate.
You can even try a dandruff shampoo or diy scalp mask with oils like coconut, argan or even olive oil.
Winter is absolutely my favorite season. That said, it’s definitely not kind to my skin or hair. But these beauty tips for winter are perfect for anyone who struggles with the same issues that come with the colder season.
Do you have any winter beauty tips you swear by? These tips I have picked up along the way. After much trial and error, these tips help me survive winter and keep my skin and hair happy & healthy.